Saxony Lager | Jack's Abby Brewing

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Saxony LagerSaxony Lager

Brewed by:
Jack's Abby Brewing
Massachusetts, United States

Style: German Kellerbier / Zwickelbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Decoction mash and the exclusive use of Vienna malt creates a traditional malty character. Lightly hopped with Bavarian hops and left unfiltered, yielding a lightly fruity aroma.

IBU 20

Added by Davepoolesque on 01-27-2017

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Ratings: 128 |  Reviews: 42
Photo of AD17
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of wafers
4.14/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ManapuaMan
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another outstanding lager from JA. These guys are almost solely responsible for expanding the boundaries of what I think an American lager can be. Copper-gold pour that isn't hazy or cloudy; it's fairly clear and clean. About an inch of frothy head caps the liquid. Snappy floral and lightly citrus aroma that's second to the biscuity-malt, slightly seeet shortbread cookie and toasted grains. Lemony-citrus taste that's layered atop the slightly sweet and expertly balanced malt base. Crisp and clean throughout. So damn drinkable and tasty. Monthly purchase for sure.

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Photo of crisis1290
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is an outstanding Vienna Lager. Keller ? Eh ? A very smooth taste and as expected it is very good. A very nice clear amber /orange colored beer. Lots of carbonation right off the pour. A nice 1/12-2 fingers of white foamy clouds of goodness. Sweet fruity aroma, and a pronounced hit of the rich/sweet, Vienna malts. I love the malt profile for sure ! Super well balanced and very simple as it should be. Now, the only problem is that my grocery store ran out and the buyer said they will not be getting any more ! Come on Jacks, make this a yearly product !

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Can purchased at One Stop Brew Shop in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a dark clear-ish amber, with a small foamy head, and a lot of lacing.

Smells like rich bready malt, slight caramel, brown bread, light noble hops.

This seems to be an interesting mashup of a vienna lager and a kellerbier, and I definitely dig it. It's got that wonderful slightly sweet and very bready malt character, with very light but pleasant Noble hop bitterness. The unfiltered nature leads to a nice fruity sweetness, and a protein-rich fullness to the beer. This is wonderful.

This has a crisp, full mouthfeel, with a good level of carbonation.

Jack's Abby can do no wrong here, as usual. They slay at almost everything.

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Photo of PaulSlazinger
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dar482
4.61/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a medium amber color, beautiful clarity with a rising carbonation.

The beer offers a bit of toasted crusty bready sweetness, a bit of honey, crisp floral and leaning towards. The hop bitterness fights against this wonderful bready richness. A bit of earthy and minty character cleans up the palate the finish.

Unbearably "perfect" of a beer. The malts play so well with the crispness of the hops.

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Photo of Dizzy242
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nichols33
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of smb71481
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of StoutElk_92
4.54/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

16 oz. can

Pours clear amber-gold with a frothy white foam head. Smells like apples, pear, grape skin, toasted bready biscuity malts, caramel, honey, mild spice, with dank floral earthy herbal grass. Tastes like apples, pear, grape skin, toasted bready biscuity malts, caramel, honey, mild spice, with dank floral earthy herbal grass. Feels medium-light bodied, creamy with moderate low carbonation. Overall a real nice kellerbier.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 2/18/2017 at Flynn’s in Mansfield, MA, served in a tapered pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark gold color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains light caramelized malts, lager yeast some citrus and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of lager yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. Then some mildly sweet flavors of caramel and citrus come in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer too drink for a while.

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Photo of lic217
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Look: light orange/brown, big white head
Smell: Light spice, big bready malt
Taste: Mild spice, bread, ends very mildly sweet, slight fruity flavor
Feel: Very drinkable, moderate carbonation
Overall: A solid beer at a great price.

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Photo of Fettpopps
3/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of bhblbagpiper
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Don't get me wrong, this is a great beer, but it is by no means a kellerbier. If this is your first introduction to the style keep looking.

This is an outstanding Vienna Lager but there is nothing Kellerbier about it. If it was simply marketed as a Vienna lager I would've rated it much higher.

Unfiltered? It's crystal clear. It's totally laking any yeast mouthfeel or mild fruit complexities the yeast gives most kellerbiers.

I definetly put this beer on a pedistle and was totally let down on my quest for an easily available kellerbier...I guess I'll stick to crossing my fingers when I walk into my local biergarten.

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Photo of wisegreensoul
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of griffey123
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of utopiajane
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden and with a creamy head to notice. It is slow to fall and the beer is vibrant amber and very clear.

Nose is biscuity malt kissed by a touch of sweetness and a light sweet breath from the hops. The beer is clean and you can discern a light fruitiness form those hops but they are sweetly herbal. The malt is the scent here though . It smells delicious. Taste follows the nose. Pleasant and with a hearty fullness to the malt. It is at once soft, creamy and breaddy. It is as though you have the perfect biscuit with the browned and crunchy top, the creamy middle and all the sweet dry goodness in between. Hops are gentle and the simply lean towards the finish of this beer. They add an herbal sweetness of their own and vibrance. There is no bitterness that you can describe but it is impeccably balanced. The flavor is hearty and satisfying. The light sweetness that tempts the nose also tickles the palate but this beer is dry. Drinks so pleasantly and so easily I was finished with the whole sixpack before I knew it and I frowned a little. I'll have more of these.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden amber in color. somewhat clear in appearance. Roasted caramel malt, hint of toffee and earthy noble hop flavors. Smooth sipper. Solid Vienna style lager.

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Photo of jbertsch
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nodder
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MrDarcy
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of trevorpost
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ichorNet
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked up a single of this to give it a good shot. Surprised JA hasn't tried tackling any keller/zwickel style lager before, as they have been huge on making traditional German lagers for years now. Better late than never, I guess.

Pours an extremely clear light amber/orange color with a rather large head developing into a rocky, quickly dissipating ring with small legs. Lace is soapy and spotty and the surface is clear as can be. This is not how I want a kellerbier to look. It's especially weird because the back of the can makes a thing about calling this "unfiltered" but I find it hard to believe considering just how perfectly transparent the orange body of this beer is. Meh.

Nose is definitely an improvement with some nice honeyed tones, floral and grassy hops with a snappy malt note coming across as well. A bit catty as well, with some yeasty notes and light Noble hop elements floating around. Though the nose is pretty underwhelming, it's got a straightforward aspect to it that I like.

Light notes of lemony bread and baking spice on the tongue, as the Vienna malt takes over in the mid-palate, creating a nice compositional backdrop for the spicy and herbal hop flavors that come across in the finish. Very nice bitter backbone towards the end of each sip, and the honey notes from the malt bill really play nicely with that transition. This gets better as it warms up a bit, with a more defined sweetness and surprising bready and doughy flavor even in spite of there being no remaining yeast. Some fruitiness comes out as well, bringing up some very light pit fruit and even berry notes alongside the lemon. A bit earthy and mineral-y toward the finish. Good stuff.

Feel is smooth, well-carbonated and has a solid body for being only a 5% beer. My only real issue with this comes from its appearance, which just doesn't feel right to me. This honestly drinks a bit more like a Vienna-style lager, not a kellerbier, but it says it's both on the label? Other than that weird point, this is a perfectly-drinkable beer. It's not quite as good as some other kellers I've had recently (weird thing to be able to say, but there have been some great ones in my market of late), but I recommend checking it out. Good price and format.

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Photo of edward_boumil
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Golden colored beer, pretty clear, really good head retention, some lace.
S: Sweet, honey like. Also pic up a little floral, herbaceous hops
T: Get that honey sweetness here upfront. Sort of like a nice helles. Hops are more present, have a nice bitterness but a nice balance as well
F: Heavier than a standard lager. Doesn't look like it but definitely noticable. Quite nice and still easy drinking. Carb on higher end
O: Pretty good beer, label is confusing, since it says Vienna Style and then separate Kellerbier, but overall its still a great lager

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Saxony Lager from Jack's Abby Brewing
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 128 ratings